More than 280 South Dakota FFA members have been recognized for receiving their State FFA Degree at the organization’s state convention, which is being held virtually this week. On Wednesday, the South Dakota FFA Association announced that FFA members from across the state had received the State FFA Degree, which is the highest degree of membership conferred by the Association.
Six members of the Madison Central FFA Chapter received their State FFA Degree, including Casi Eliason, Andrew Ersland, Kiley Klein, Eric Nelson, Grace Nelson, and Willem Sunde. Rutland had one member, Emily Nold, receive the Degree. The Chester Area FFA Chapter had nine members receive their State FFA Degree, Howard had three members, and McCook Central had 26 members receive their State FFA Degree this week.
There are several requirements for FFA members to receive this degree:
● Having earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program.
● Demonstrated leadership ability by performing ten procedures of Parliamentary Law, giving a six-minute speech on an agriculture or FFA-related topic and serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.
● Have completed at least 25 hours of community service.
Mary Katherine Hoiten